SONOMA, Calif. - July 25 - With changing elevations, off-camber turns, a very tight hairpin, and fast up-hill straights, the 12-turn, 2.53-mile Infineon Raceway course presents a multitude of problems for both drivers and crews as they set up for...
SONOMA, Calif. - July 25 - With changing elevations, off-camber turns, a very tight hairpin, and fast up-hill straights, the 12-turn, 2.53-mile Infineon Raceway course presents a multitude of problems for both drivers and crews as they set up for Sunday's Infineon Grand Prix of Sonoma.
"This is not my favorite track," said Lucas Luhr, who won here last year in the #23 Alex Job Racing McKenna Porsche 911 GT3 RS. "Because of the track layout, you can't get a rhythm going, and there are not that many places to pass. The good news for the fans is that the racing is close, and the traffic between classes will make things interesting."
Luhr turned the second fastest time in Friday's practice session, while his teammate Timo Bernhard was the fastest GT racer in his #24 Alex Job Porsche. The Le Mans-winning Petersen Motorsports Porsche car, driven by Johnny Mowlem and Craig Stanton, was t hird, followed by the British-based PK Sport Porsche of Robin Liddell and Alex Davison. Fifth was the Orbit Racing Porsche of Peter Baron and Leo Hindery, barely edging last year's pole sitter Kevin Buckler, who is co-driving this year with Cort Wagner in The Racer's Group Porsche.
In all, Porsche teams grabbed nine of the top ten GT class positions during the timed one hour, 45-minute practice session.
The Infineon Grand Prix of Sonoma will be broadcast live on the NBC television network starting at 3:00 PM Eastern Daylight time on Sunday, July 27. The entire event, along with Saturday qualifying, will be broadcast live online on the American Le Mans Ra dio Web, which can be accessed on the Web at www.americanlemans.com. Live timing and scoring for qualifying and the race are also available at www.americanlemans.com on Saturday and Sunday.
The official Porsche media web site - www.press.porsche.com - will have racing results and photos for the Infineon Raceway event for the Porsches entered. Use the word "carrera" for both user name and password, then choose "motorsports news" to find the re sults. The same information is posted for consumers on Porsche's main site www.porsche.com/motorsport (click on Porsche Motorsports North America and "race reports").
The official race notes and results for all the classes at the Infineon Raceway event can be found on the official site for the American Le Mans Series www.americanlemans.com. .
Other Web sites that will follow the American Le Mans Series include Daily Sports Car (www.dailysportscar.com), The Race Site (www.theracesite.com), the Speed Channel site (www.speedTV.com), Motorsport.com (www.motorsport.com) , AutoSport magazine's site (www.autosport.com), AutoRacingDaily.com (www.autoracingdaily.com), Motorsport-news.com (www.motorsport-news.com), Crash.net (www.crash.net), racinglines.com (www.racinglines.com), EnduranceSportsCar.com (www.endurancesportscar.com), pitstop.com (www.pit stop.com); and Speed Arena (www.speedarena.com).